Archive for March, 2009
As an artist, I seek out inspiration everywhere. But I never it find it more than in the faces of the people who surround me. I’m fascinated by finding the beauty and wonder in everyone who crosses my path, and have decided to use this blog series, Surrounded by Muse, to recognize those special people whose lives have lit a spark of inspiration in my soul.It seems most fitting to start the series by featuring the most inspirational woman in my life, my mother, Linda Hall.
My mother is the most caring, free-spirited, kind woman I have ever met. Whether she is creating art, designing interiors of the rich and famous (such as NFL player Jeff George), or growing the yummiest tomatoes in our home garden, she never ceases to inspire me. In addition to being a phenomenal mother, wife, and daughter, at 66 she can shake her booty on the dance floor better than my friends less than half her age! She lives an honest and moral life, founded on integrity, and loves her family unconditionally. I could go on and on about what I admire, but perhaps the greatest lesson my mother has taught me is how to relate to others and earn their trust.
As I told Rangefinder Magazine, when mom “walks into a room, it just lights up. She seems to be able to do this with everyone, whether it’s a famous person or someone who’s homeless. She’s…very open, and people respond by directly opening up to her. They not only like her, they trust her.”
My mother also taught me that energy is contagious– a lesson that’s been indispensable as a professional who relies on good relationships with people. When I’m shooting, my positive attitude carries over to the subjects. Soon they get excited too. They see that I want to create art in a positive way and we end up with an amazing experience.
For this, and all the other ways she has so profoundly touched my life, I thank her. I love you mom!
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I was recently selected as an “Adobe Influencer” and have been playing with CS4. There are a lot of amazing changes in the updated version and below is one of my favorites:Check out the “Content Aware Scale” Tool. Here is an image of my cousin with its original aspect ratio:
I am usually a full frame shooter and have significant content from edge to edge. I always hate having to crop a photo to fit standard frames (ex – 8 x 10 crop when a full frame image is 8 x 12 – bye, bye 2 inches of my image!). The brilliant technicians at Adobe came up with a tool that will intelligently crop your images analyzing which data can afford to be lost without effecting or stretching the important aspects of the image.
It took me about 1 minute to scale the image below to a frame proportioned 8 x 10. I just duplicated layer, went file – content aware square and made the crop. Powerful stuff!
I received special honors in the WEDDING & PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHERS INTERNATIONAL (WPPI) 2009 Awards of Excellence 16×20 Print Competition. Designed to recognize outstanding photographers, the judging was held in Las Vegas, NV on February 14 and 15, 2009. Hall competed against an international field of photographers to win such honors. The Awards of Excellence 16×20 Print Competition awards are presented each year at the largest trade show, educational platform and convention in the United States for professional photographers. The 2009 competition included 2717 prints in 19 different categories submitted by photographers from all over the world. For more information please visit WPPI Website.
This May I will be giving a week long class with some of the most inspirational photographers in the industry: Gene Higa, Lori Nordstrom, and Jim Garner. At Texas School, I have heard that there is a lot of work and fun, but not much sleep. I actually enjoy delirium so I am looking forward to the adventure!